19 Wedding Registry Items You’ll Probably Regret 5 Years Later
That cool margarita maker seemed like an amazing idea at the time, but you’ve used it once in 8 years and it’s been collecting dust ever since. Here are some of the top wedding gifts most couples regret registering for.
Ice cream machine
Think twice before putting this oversized gizmo on your list. “An ice cream machine can be a lot of fun because you have the chance to customize your flavors and wow your guests when you entertain with some gourmet homemade ice cream,” says Courtney Geigle, co-founder of My Wed Style of Marina Del Rey, California. “However, think about your lifestyle,” he says, “Most people either want ice cream right away, and that’s why having a box in the freezer is so great, or else they make going out for a cone a special outing.” We guarantee you’ll never regret getting these DIY wedding gifts from your close friends; drop a hint by sending them the link!
Many large serving platters
Once people get married they think they’ll have to host every holiday at their place. “The truth is that this is rarely the case, and even so, registering for 10 huge serving platters is a little over the top,” Geigle says. “Not only does it take up a massive amount of space when stored, but you’ll find that they’re difficult to arrange on your dining room table.” Opt instead for modular pieces or multiple medium-sized pieces. “That way you can even divide the stuffing into two bowls and place them on different ends of the table instead of having one huge bowl,” he adds.
Tons of bed linens for just one bed
It’s great to get rid of your old mismatched college bedding and start fresh for your marriage, but don’t be tempted to register for six different linen sets for your one bed. “Aside from storing all of it, chances are that within a few years you’ll also get a guest bed or a few twins for your growing family. And though you’ll be already heavily laden with sheets and covers, they may fit only your bed,” says Geigle. You may also size up from a full to a queen or a queen to a king, and then you’ll have exactly zero sheets that fit, and six sets that don’t. Do consider registering for items that will make any bed cozier.
Yes, coffee is all kinds of awesome, but you’re not opening up a java shop in your kitchen. “We’re sure that you have your dream coffee routine all figured out, but does that mean that you need a Keurig, a French press, a one-touch cappuccino-espresso machine as well as a classic drip set-up?” Geigle says, “The answer is no.” The truth is that you only really need one coffee maker, so choose what you will realistically use the most and ditch the others. Otherwise, they’ll likely end up gathering dust and clutter in the back of the pantry. And you can always buy another one in the future.
15 or 20 knives in a block
It’s very popular to register for a 15- or even 20-piece set of knives in one of those fancy wooden blocks but unless you’re super-serious about cooking, you won’t need them. “Most couples will admit to using the bread, chef’s, and paring knives while occasionally (if ever) reaching for the rest,” says Geigle. A great solution to this is to find very good quality versions of the basic knives that you know that you’ll use daily, and add those to your list a la carte. Wedd
Bread or pasta machine
We all love the smell of freshly baked bread but you don’t need to own a machine to make it. “This appliance is quite large and usually after the initial fascination wears off, very few people use it regularly,” Geigle says. The same goes for a pasta machine.
Everyone loves the idea of fondue. “We all at one point picture ourselves laughing with friends as we dip our goodies into some gooey melted cheese or lavish liquid chocolate,” Geigle says. “However, even those lucky people who do have a set very rarely use it, if at all.” Register for something more useful, like glass or stainless mixing bowls. Here are some other items you’ll regret not putting on your registry.
We understand the panini press craze—what’s not to love about warm pressed sandwiches with melted cheese? However, this big gadget can really do only one thing well: grill sandwiches. “Instead of a panini press, register for a little electric grill,” Geigle suggests. “Not only will you be able to continue feeding your panini cravings, but you’ll also be able to use your appliance to grill fish, chicken, burgers, and more.”
You might feel pressured to registered for some fancy entertaining items that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford, like a real silver tea set or silverware. “Silver takes a lot of work to keep in good condition as it does oxidize, and honestly, you’ll hardly ever use it,” Geigle says. “The only time it will see the light of day is when you bring them out for their annual polishing session.”
The iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a popular registry item and also one of the most underutilized. “The KitchenAid mixer is the Mecca of all kitchen appliances, but it takes up valuable real estate on the counter and in the cabinets,” says Sarah Ntouskas, owner and principal coordinator for Make it Posh in Richmond, Virginia. “Each attachment is also is pretty large. If you’re not a big baker or don’t make homemade pasta or bake bread every day, then likely you won’t see yourself using this for anything other than a mixer and likely only will be used during the holidays when you’re making cookies. A hand-held mixer will be just as sufficient and isn’t as cumbersome!”